Thursday, May 18, 2017

Author Interview: For the Brave (The Gentrys of Paradise #1) by Holly Bush

Release: May 16, 2017
Type: Historical Romance
Series: The Gentrys of Paradise #1

1869 – Matthew Gentry joined the Confederate Army at eighteen years of age after an argument with his father, leaving Paradise, his Virginia home and famed horse breeding stables, for the fields of Gettysburg. Having survived the War Between the States, Gentry is haunted by the violence and inhumanity of the war. He continues to roam the country long after the conflict is over, finding solace in the arms of soiled doves and at the bottom of whiskey bottles. Finally traveling home after learning of a family tragedy, he nearly loses his life in a spring-flooded riverbed.

Annie Campbell, lone survivor of her family, lives at a remote farm near the North River, raising pigs and trying to grow enough to feed herself, and to stay out of the cross hairs of the Thurmans, violent men who run the town of Bridgewater. Annie’s secrets threaten her safety, even as she rescues and nurses Matthew Gentry.

Matthew knows he must return to Paradise, to grieve with his family. Will his heart lead him back to Bridgewater and Annie Campbell?

Author Interview
I'm excited to have author Holly Bush on the blog today to discuss her new book, For the Brave. You can see my review of For the Brave over on Straight Shootin' Book Reviews. Also, find a giveaway for an ebook copy of For the Brave over on Straight Shootin' Book Review's Instagram! Thanks for sharing, Holly!

Hello and thanks so much for having me at the Romance Playlist!

How did For the Brave come to be? What was your inspiration to write the book?
I wrote the novella, Into the Evermore to be included in a Christmas anthology. Set in 1842, it was the story of the daughter of a minister, Eleanor McManus, who is kidnapped after her family is set upon by thieves and murdered. She is rescued by Beauregard Gentry, a trapper heading to Winchester, Virginia, to claim property left to him by a distant relative. She is alone in the world and he admires her strength and beauty. They marry and begin raising horses at their farm, Paradise, after acquiring a direct descendent of the original Morgan horses. I love these two people! I guess that’s a strange thing to say about one’s own characters but it’s true. I could hardly wait to begin on their children’s stories set post-Civil War. For the Brave’s Matthew is the middle child, and a veteran of the Confederacy. I’m writing the youngest Gentry, Olivia’s book, right now and will conclude the series with Adam’s story.

How would you describe For the Brave in only five words?
Adventure. Danger. Redemption. Rescued. Beloved.

Do you listen to music while you write? What are some tunes on your playlist?
I cannot listen to music when I’m writing. I prefer complete quiet, especially as my brain gets older (along with the rest of me) and needs no additional distractions!

What are you reading right now, or what is on your TBR list?
I’m reading Enchanting the Earl by Lily Maxton and it’s proving to be a lovely story! Just finished rereading The Captive by Grace Burrowes. It’s a favorite of mine!

About Holly Bush

Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written six historical romance novels, all set in the U.S. West or Victorian London in the mid 1800’s, and one Women’s Fiction novel. She frequently attends writing conferences, and book fairs. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and is a sponsor with Megan Hart of the Lancaster Lady Jane’s Salon held quarterly.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, and was the vice-president of her local library board for years. She loves to spend time near the ocean and is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.

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